Microsoft Surface RT prices appear: $499 with no Touch Cover, $599 with it

Microsoft Surface RT prices appear: $499 with no Touch Cover, $599 with it
Microsoft Surface RT prices have leaked out. The 10.6-inch tablet designed and made by Microsoft will cost as much as the iPad. Prices start at $499 for the most basic 32GB version, but that won’t buy you that neat Touch Cover keyboard dock. For a dock-equipped Surface, you’d need to shell out $100 more, bringing the total to $599.

The 10.6-inch Surface comes with a paltry “HD” resolution that is likely to be 1366 x 768 pixels. And that just doesn’t compare well with the third-gen iPad and its whopping 2048 x 1536-pixel screen and thousands of apps.

Here is how the prices for Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablets break down:

  • 32GB Microsoft Surface RT without Touch Cover - $499
  • 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with Touch Cover - $599
  • 64GB Microsoft Surface RT without Touch Cover - $599
  • 64GB Microsoft Surface RT with Touch Cover - $699

So it goes in a direct battle with the iPad. The advantages? It’s got that vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case in a 9.3mm thin body weighing only 1.5lbs, and featuring a built-in kickstand.

The touch cover alone would sell for $119, and the type cover with hardware keys will retail for $129.

So there you have it - if you still had hopes that the Surface would be the cheap option, you can finally put those to rest. Is that really competitive? And will it stand a chance against the iPad? Microsoft is bullish and is said to have ordered 3 to 5 million for the Holiday quarter. Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source: Microsoft Store via TheVerge

Microsoft Surface RT prices appear: $499 with no Touch Cover, $599 with it

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  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB

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69 Comments

1. Althorius

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

You posted all prices without touch cover. The 599 32 and 699 64 should say with touch cover.

2. Jabarkas unregistered

No chance. Microsoft really made a bad decission. For 699 you should get the W8 pro version with the surface type cover at least. The RT version without a keybord should start around 350.

11. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Agree 100%.... The market has already shown that no one wants to pay $499 for anything other than an iPad reguardless of its features.

15. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Apple is smiling.

40. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Unfortunately, I have to agree. Yes they are. I will constantly say this to the end. If you are going to compete with the Ipad, you better be better and cheaper...The Microsoft tables could in a way be better, but look at the price. This thing will never sell. They will learn the hard way just like HP, HTC & so many others. Samsung will be next if they keep producing $499 tablets which are basically the same as the first and although Apple does this--they actually can because they have a base. I was standing beside a woman in Best Buy this weekend, and she didn't even know the difference between, 16, 32 and 64 gibabyes nor LTE version vs wi fi only and why the price difference. All she knew is that it was Apple and she wanted it. This is why it will be hard for manufacturer's to succeed in this tablet arena with these riduculous prices off the start!!!

39. bluexperia

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

windows is slowly turn into money eating 'fruit'....

62. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For $499 price...Surface should have 1080p resolution...and touch keyboard included...perfect buy!!!

3. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

iPad is still the king. Why are these these other tablets not coming with 1080p displays? The only worthy competitor to ipad is the transformer infinity 700 tablet. The surface is nothing.

5. wendygarett unregistered

Don't mad, i think the price is reasonable as being a laptops... more and more user will accept win8 instead of ios and mountain lion... Feel free to get an ipad while tons of people outside are anxious to get this :)

14. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Do you even use an iPad? It the best device for work and play. It's fast, fluid and has an awesome gpu and awesome games. Games which haven't even arrived to android yet. It takes stunning pictures and has beautiful display. My laptop crashed 3 months back and I have been using my new ipad ever since. I never wanna go back to any LAGGY windows s**t again that's why I just bought the MacBook Pro with retina display.

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Hate playing games .. so yea a device if it's good for playing games also isn;t something that attracts me much. So ability to play games is out of equation.

20. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Laggy windows? You must not be using it properly then haha =P

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It's standard SJ rant against everything non Apple :)

22. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Dude don't blame windows. In most cases it's user's fault behind those crashes. Windows if maintained properly, runs just as fine as any other so called 'robust, fluid' OS. So all this debate scores some points for Apple, to keep things simple. They block users from accessing the insides of OS, and that's why the stability. But you are blocked from doing all that advanced stuff. While on the other hand windows is always the first choice of advanced users. I've used mas and ios, besides the stability and polished feel it's just a locked access affair.

26. drazyw unregistered

Good for you. Now go back to your Apple sites and enjoy life in ignorant bliss. No one wants to hear about your Apple products. Some people here love Windows and have no problem with it. I'm sorry you do, but please go crap on someone elses parade. If you love Apple so much, you should be totally content to live with it and feel confident enough to not have to bash other products to make you feel better about your decision.

35. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It takes stunning pictures? You must be one of those ridiculous people who feel that the iPad is perfectly acceptable substitute for a point and click camera. Guess what, your wrong, you look really stupid holding up an iPad to snap that photo.

37. wp8forever unregistered

Windows 8 laggy lol you are a complete idiot lol by the way that's why 90% of pc are running windows cuz we all hate it lol.

49. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

ok...........................

50. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

ok answer this can i run Crysis2 Counter Strike Mass effect3 NFS series Borderlands2 WoW if u missed what i written there these are some of the top games on desktop and real games not ripoffs for moblie platform unlike what u are talking about on iPads meh who plays underpowering games if one can play the top of the line desktop games on Pro edition and no mater what Gamers systems are most expensive so gamers dont bother the price and last ipad is crap if u talk about games so zip it stick under the tiny games u use to play.

60. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Play dead trigger on an ipad 3 and "then you have my permission to die" -the dark knight

65. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

looks like u never played PC games in ur life tahts why u even replied the PC games are at the moment top ing the console in everyway in graphics randering physics how can ur tinny iPad compete on gaming with desktop games get real noob

56. tggoulart

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Love you man ur absolutely right I have an iPad 3 too and it's awesome and I have the s**tty windows 7 laptop and its crashing too, I'm going to buy a MacBook Pro Retina for sure

64. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

May be you have s**tty hardware in laptop to make any OS crash...just pay same money as macbook pro for any win laptop and then compare...i bought win7 laptop 2 years ago (~$900)...its i7, 8gb ram (upgraded later on), nvidia graphics card...and it kicks @$$ of mac ;)

48. drazyw unregistered

It is a 1080p display. Try again.

52. drazyw unregistered

Ooops, that was for the Pro version. Though I've seen some reviewers that did some double blind tests with the screen vs the ipad and the RT was said to have a clearer sharper display. I'll have to see first hand of course.

63. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Surface will offer way more functionality than iPad...remember its running windows...lol

4. checkmymike

Posts: 217; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

For a new device being introduced with 0 market share and small number of apps, and pricing it as the ipad's, epic fail!

36. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Microsoft lost out on a big opportunity. One of the most successful tablets was the Kindle Fire, I saw tons of people with them only months after it's release..... what made them so popular? The price point. With Microsoft needing more market share in the mobile area this would have been a very attractive product if it were priced at $300 or less.

51. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well its RT maybe u wont get traction fast but Pro will overthrow Ipads even on higer price tag cuz it is about productivity+device Handling :P pro is as productive as a Desktop Pc or laptop + it can be used as a loptop can u use the iPad(toy) for this all stuff u do on PC

6. amirlukmanhisyam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

$100 cheaper then I go for 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with Touch Cover - $499

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